Learn about the metal settings used in fine gemstone jewelry.

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Choosing the Right Jewelry Settings for Your Gems

How do you choose jewelry settings for your gems? Learn the pros and cons of pre-made settings, assembling findings, modifying wax models, and custom work.

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Prong Setting Gems: A Beginner's Guide

Using prongs is the most common way to secure a gem to a jewelry piece. Learn basic prong setting procedures and how to make a variety of adjustments.

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Jewelry Nomenclature: Gem Settings

Jewelry designers and consumers can pick from many different gem settings. Learn the names and uses of common and speciality settings for any type of stone.

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Jewelry Nomenclature: Gem Bracelets And Necklaces

Bracelets and necklaces share much of their terminology. Learn the names and functions of the different parts of these popular types of jewelry pieces.

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Jewelry Nomenclature: Gem Rings

Though rings may come in many styles, gem cutters will regularly encounter a few common types of gem rings. Learn how to identify these popular designs.

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Jewelry Nomenclature: Gem Earrings

Earrings are available in many styles. Learn to identify the most popular types of metal and gem earrings and the parts that comprise these jewelry pieces.

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Jewelry Nomenclature: Jewelry Attachments and Various Findings

Jewelry attachments are the pieces used to hold jewelry items together. Learn about the most popular types as well as miscellaneous decorative findings.

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Protective Gem Settings for Rings

All gemstones, from fragile opals to durable diamonds, can benefit from protective gem settings. Learn which jewelry designs are best suited for ring use.

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Engagement Ring Setting: Your Most Important Decision

Choosing a setting is the most important decision when shopping for a ring. Read about your options in this comprehensive guide to engagement ring settings.